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  • A New Year at the Park
  • Camellias, daffodils in bloom


  • Black History Month

March - April

  • Antique Tractor and Car Day - The Antique Tractors Club will plow a field using antique tractors and plows. Many antique tractors and some antique cars will be on display.
  • Front yard in bloom: Roses, Amaryllis, Coreopsis, Crinums
  • Planting field crops and garden planting days
  • Cracker cows calving in March

April - May

  • Dudley Farm: A Show Place - Front yard in bloom: heirloom roses, lilies, and flowers
  • Earth Day and Spring Heritage Plant Sale

June - August

  • Fruit trees - Harvesting peaches, pears, and figs
  • August - Restoration and repair

September - October

  • Corn harvest, sweet potato harvest
  • National Public Lands Day

October - November

  • Quilt Day and Fall Heritage Plant Sale
  • Corn shucking, shelling, winnowing & grinding
  • Pecan harvesting

November - December

  • Cane Day Festival - making syrup from sugar cane, 1st Saturday of December, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Earth Day & Heritage Plant SaleSaturday, April 20, 2019 09:30am - 02:00pm

We are having our annual Earth Day and Heritage Nursery plant sale at Dudley Farm Historic State Park.  We will be having tables on various topics such as:  Pollinators, why we need them, Invasive Exotic Plants, Building a Bee House, Zero Waste Gainesville, Love Our Springs, Growing a longleaf pine. Also GRU will have information on electric cars and Sweetwater Wetlands Park and more.

Our annual Heritage Nursery plans sale features heritage plants which have been grown for decades in the Dudley flower gardens, and many species of native plants.

We have 250 longleaf pine seedlings to give away (one per family) til they are gone. Please be ready to plant your seedling..

National Public Lands DaySaturday, September 28, 2019 09:00am - 12:00pm

Dudley Farm Historic State Park will host a volunteer day on September 28, 2019. National Public Lands Day is the nations largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands.  Join us as we pull invasive plants and work in our historic gardens area.  Groups, families and individuals are welcome.  Please meet at the Visitors Center; bring clippers, bug spray, work gloves and water.  Dress appropriately and wear closed toe shoes.


Quilt Day & Heritage Nursery Plant SaleSaturday, October 05, 2019 09:30am - 02:30pm

Quilt Day. Quilt Day - Scrappy Quilts. 10 - 10:30 a speaker will talk about "Scraps - Love 'em & USE 'em. At 11 - 11:30 a speaker will talk about "Frugal Quilting, Use Every Scrap". By Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild. Many varieties of quilts will be exhibited. Also there will be various demonstrators and vendors including the Levy Co Quilt Museum.

Heritage Nursery Plant Sale - We will have heritage plants from the original Dudley gardens including varieties of gingers, and also many species of Florida native plants.

Fall Farm & Cane FestivalSaturday, December 07, 2019 09:00am - 03:00pm

Enjoy watching the traditional method of making cane syrup, including our cane mill and syrup complex.  Other acitivities include traditional craft demonstrations, blacksmithing, wood working, cross cut saw demonstrations, children's games, a quilt drawing, old-time music and much more!

First Day Hike - Birding TourWednesday, January 01, 2020 09:00am - 11:30am

 Come for a fun morning walk to start the new year.

Join a bird-watching guide from the Alachua Audubon Society through the farmstead woods. Learn about, and perhaps catch a glimpse of, your favorite bird. You may hear or see a pileated woodpecker, bluebird or maybe a brown thrush! 

See this link for birds from a past birding tour:

A Twilight Walk Into the PastSaturday, February 22, 2020 06:00pm - 09:00pm

A night time walk by lantern light through the life of a 1894 farm family of Alachua County, Florida. A glimpse of conversations, the work, the plans, hopes and happenings during that time.

Actors, re-enactors will depict, through speech, dress and mannerisms, Sharecroppers, Travelers and Horse Traders. Family and neighbors will be conducting business and visiting in the Store. The farmhouse Front Porch was an active place to socialize, and here two men talk about the “bank panic”, other timely events, politics, etc. In the Parents Room, the young, busy parents talk of family, business and their plans. In the Kitchen while visiting and preparing a meal, women enjoy a lively talk including how times are changing. There will be seven ’stops’ (highlighted above) lasting approx. 5 minutes each, and each tour will last about 50 min. There will be12 tours of 10 participants. The first tour starts at 6pm and last tour starts at 8:45pm.  Please arrive 15 min before the start of your tour.






Plowing Up the PastSaturday, March 07, 2020 10:00am - 03:00pm

See how fields were plowed for the spring plantings. See different types of field plows and antique tractors. These antique tractors are a display of farming equipment and a way of life circa 1930’s and 1940’s, a reflection of rural American history. Observe, as the participants work the land plowing and disking. Volunteers in period clothing will be at the farmstead demonstrating period crafts and interpreting the farms history.

The Southern Syrupmakers Assoc will be joining us for a Tasting Contest which anyone can join.  Let's see who has the best syrup.

Food truck "Eddie Q" will be here with his "classic" barbeque.

Earth Day & Heritage Nursery Plant SaleSaturday, April 18, 2020 09:00am - 02:30pm

CANCELLED due to health concerns. Sorry.

Fall Plant EventSaturday, October 09, 2021 09:00am - 01:00pm

Heritage plants from the Dudley flower gardens
Native pollinator plants and native trees
18730 W Newberry Rd
See the park while you are here. $5 admission

Dudley Farm Fall FestivalSaturday, December 04, 2021 09:00am - 03:00pm

Fall Festival formerly known as Cane Day - Come and see how sugar cane juice is boiled into cane syruop in a large kettle,

Observe various crafts being made.See the turkeys. Have a picnic on a beautiful  Saturday morning.  Hear oldtime music.



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